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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Comparative Politics (PSC-201)

Formerly Comparative Politics (POL-201)

Varies; self-study format.

Various, distance learning format.

August 2010 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe political systems and states; detail the process of fostering economic development; understand why people compare political systems; pinpoint the structures and functions of political systems; explicate why and how culture matters to political processes; identify trends shaping contemporary political cultures; explain how citizens participate in sociopolitical affairs in different societies; discuss the development of interest groups, describing their historical performances; define authoritarian party systems and their power structures; assess the prospects and challenges facing democracies and authoritarianism; trace the geographic distribution of government power; and explain the process of community building; and present the common outcomes of international interactions and their generalities.


This course provides students with a broad survey of important issues in the study of comparative politics and allows them to gain understanding of world politics and political systems and to compare issues and structures on a global level. Students conduct in-depth studies of individual countries and examine how local issues have a worldwide impact. Each country study applies a theoretical framework to explore broad issues like why some countries modernize more quickly or why some are more democratic. Additionally, students explore the impact of politics on individual, group, national, and global levels. Throughout the semester, students study political institutions and processes and think critically about the consequences of public policies. Major topics include: political systems; Special Interest Groups; Authoritarian Party Systems; Community Building; and International Interactions. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Introduction to Comparative Government or Politics (1/13) (3/18 revalidation) (5/23 revalidation).